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LoCoS

BY YUKIO OTA
@ VOL 99 ON JAN 23, 2013

Long before he came up with the world-wide "Emergency Exit" sign, Yukio Ota designed something that could be even more global in its reach, giving people the ability to get exactly where they want to go, when it comes to communicating successfully with each other.

As an itinerant young man wandering Italy with a rucksack, he started to wonder "Why do we have to turn meaning into words, and back into meaning again? Why not communicate directly, with a drawn symbol-language?" 

The unlikely team of a Japanese graphic designer and an Australian permaculture designer (Cecilia Macaulay) show you how to start "speaking" in LoCoS, and watch a whole new world open up.

おなじみ非常口サインのデザイナー太田幸夫さんとパーマカルチャーデザイナー、セシリア・マッコ―リーさんがみんなが理解できる絵文字言語LoCoSをご一緒にプレゼンテーションしてくださいました。

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American Sign Language

BY HOLLY BEAN
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 20, 2013

Holly Bean, after deciding that languages such as Spanish and French were too difficult, decided to study American Sign Language in college. This became a major turning point in her life. After learning sign language, becoming an interpreter, and experiencing the euphoria of helping deaf people communicate, she wanted to do more. She now runs outreach programs for the American Sign Language Organization.

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Hand-painted Signs

BY OSCAR BARRETO
@ VOL 9 ON OCT 12, 2012

Presented by the collective Populardelujo, Oscar Barreto is one of the few hand-painted signs craftsmen left in our digital era. With great courage and self-confidence, Oscar not only charmed the entire audience with his colorful stories, but also awarded us with an unexpected interpretation of a popular tune in his recorder.

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Sign Painting's Resurgence

BY JOE SWEC
@ VOL 18 ON NOV 21, 2013

Sign painter and designer Joe Swec speaks on his life, his projects, and his aging (or flourishing?) medium. He discusses the typographic elements found in his work, the challenges he confronted, and the renaissance of sorts that he believes is occuring in reference to his style. 

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Hand-Painted Signs in the 21st Century

BY DOUGIE KERR
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Dougie Kerr is considered a Toronto legend, and he has been painting signs since the 60s. When he first moved to Canada in the 70s, his first job was painting totem poles. He is now one of the two only sign-makers at Honest Ed's, the most iconic department store in Toronto. He does a variety of in-store signage, sometimes producing 40-50 hand-painted signs a day. 

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Sign Painting: Craft or Design?

BY ALARIC GARNIER
@ VOL 9 ON AUG 01, 2013

Sign painter and typography designer Alaric Garnier discusses his research around the vernacular of lettering via the publications he's designed as well as his work on the May Gallery visual identity. He speaks about his struggle to define his work as that of craft or design, and the conclusions he's arrived at. 

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Random Hearts

BY JANE MARKS-HASTIG
@ VOL 20 ON DEC 05, 2013

Jane Marks-Hastig implores us to look for the little reminders in life to stay positive. The heart, an easily recognizable and universal sign of love, is a symbol that can be found anywhere if you know where to look. All you need is a change in perspective and a little bit of humor. 

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PKN Tweets

PechaKucha is now tweeting on Twitter. Get automatic daily updates on where PechaKucha is happening around the world and when new cities join. Sign up and follow PKN Tweets at http://twitter.com/pechakuchanight

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Cutting Out PKN Minneapolis

Nice cut-out sign for PechaKucha Night in Minneapolis St. Paul Vol. 2, held earlier this week.

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Keeping Up with the PechaKucha Site

As you may have noticed, there have been some changes on the website over the past week or so. We now have a social media menu bar at the top of the site (in black) where you can sign up for our new Facebook Fan page and our new Twitter feed (pechakucha). You can also register on the site, so that you can then log in and manage your global or city newsletters, comment on presentations, and more -- be a part of the creative PechaKucha network! We're hoping these features will be invaluable in allowing you to stay up to date with what is happening as we approach the February 20th "Global PechaKucha Night for Haiti." Sign up, PechaKucha needs you! And to clear things up about the Twitter feed, since we now have two. The new Twitter feed -- simply "pechakucha" -- will become the vital news feed. Thanks go out to Brett Stilwell of PKN Boston for helping to sort that out. The old feed --''pechakuchanight'' -- will remain the auto-tweet for events only, tweeting automatically 8 hours before an event.

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PKN Wagga Wagga Vol. 1

PechaKucha Night recently debuted in Wagga Wagga, and from what organizer Justy Phillips tells us, it was quite the launch. It was a spectacular night. We all had a great time and the room was absolutely packed out. There's a real buzz about the event around town. The sign you see featured in one of these images was made by co-organizer Sabine Pagan. She's a jeweller, so this wooden sign was a piece of cake to knock up the night before the event! What a great idea this event is! Below, a couple of photos from Justy, including a look at the PKN sign.

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PechaKucha Night in Ferrol

We're not altogether sure what this image was used for -- it's not a flyer, but it was produced to accompany Ferrol's PechaKucha Night Vol. 2, held in early July. What we really like is how the designer has found a way to write "Ferrol" using the official PechaKucha logo script, and also that the logo is positioned like it was the sign on that building. That's the next step for us, city-based PechaKucha centers -- that does have a nice ring to it.

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403

And here we go, from the 398 PechaKucha city count that we were at yesterday, we are very pleased to announce that today saw the addition of 5 new cities, which brings us past 400 to a grand total of 403 PechaKucha cities (a number you'll always find on the front page of the site). Please join us in welcoming the following cities to the global PechaKucha community, and keep checking their respective city pages (or sign up to their newsletters) to find out when they will hold their first PechaKucha Night: Alicante, Flint, Heraklion, St. Lucia, and Trnava.

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Poster for PKN Zagreb Vol. 11

PechaKucha Night in Zagreb Vol. 11 happens tonight (September 16), and you'll find all the details -- including the full list of presenters with links -- on the official event page. The poster was designed by Niko Mihaljevic, and as organizer Jelena Mihelcic explains, is inspired by the venue, "a school playground that has an old sign on the building, one entrance for boys, the other for girls."

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Drawn Lines, A Traffic Sign and Typographic Design, and PKN Singapore Illustrated

Presentations In her presentation (from PKN Hyderabad Vol. 9), Lasya Moronica shares some of the very detailed and complex line drawings she produces.  Jiri Toman is a young graphic artist, and in his presentation (in Czech, from PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2) he talks about his diploma project. He completely redesigned traffic signs, and designed a special font. He also shares his other typographic work. Posters We have four new posters on the Tumblr blog today, starting with PKN Bari Vol. 1 (pictured above). You'll also find posters for tonight's PKN Bratislava Vol. 20, PKN Bogota Vol. 9, and PKN Aalen Vol. 12.  Event Report How's this for a great event report, courtesy of PKN Singapore organizer Jon Siegel (on the recent Vol. 5): "One of our audience members [Bernie Quah], without us noticing, illustrated every speaker that night along with notes and posted it to Issuu." Calendar It's a big Thursday (September 20), with the following 10 PKNs on tap: PKN Maastricht Vol. 15, PKN Blue Mountains Vol. 3, PKN Miami Vol. 17, PKN Hamptons Vol. 1, PKN Valencia Vol. 14, PKN Winnipeg Vol. 11, PKN Whangarei Vol. 14, PKN Malaga Vol. 1, PKN Aarhus Vol. 14, and PKN Bratislava Vol. 20. Tomorrow, you'll find the following 3 events: PKN Lucerne Vol. 5, PKN Vancouver Vol. 23, and PKN Gisborne Vol. 10.

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Yukio Ota

Yukio Ota is the creator of the "running man" exit sign (pictured), and at next week's PKN Tokyo Vol. 99, his presentation will focus on a language-neutral pictographic system he has developed called LoCoS. More on the exit sign here, and on the LoCoS system here.おなじみの非常口サインをデザインされた太田幸夫さんが話す言語に関係なくみんなが理解できる視覚言語ロコスについてプレゼンテーションをしてくださいます。視覚言語ロコスについては下記のリンクをご参照ください。

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Hello Santa Fe!

We are right now developing the inaugural PechaKucha Night for Santa Fe -- so please drop us a line to get involved, suggest venues, sign up to present, volunteer to help out, you name it! Let's get this amazing social evening going here and tap into the inspiration and creativity that lives and breathes here every day. Contact us anytime at PechaKucha.SantaFe@gmail.com. Check out our new Twitter feed @PechaKucha_SFe, like us on Facebook (see here for our work in progress!) and help spread the word!  And see you in the summer! Cheers, CR